Pirates beat Tigers, 6-2, in front of sellout crowd

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For the first time this season, the Pirates won four consecutive games, doing so with a 6-2 victory tonight against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park in front of a sellout crowd of 37,958.

It was the second sellout crowd of the season, joining the home opener.

The Pirates (22-23) host the Tigers at 1:35 p.m. Sunday in the series finale, looking for a sweep and a chance to get back to the .500 mark.

The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth when three consecutive doubles -- by Andy Dirks, Miguel Cabrera and Brennan Boesch -- pushed two run across.

None of the doubles were cheap, each struck on the barrel.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Pirates cut it to 2-1 using three consecutive hits of their own -- two singles by Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata and then a double by Garrett Jones.

The Pirates tied it later in the inning on a Neil Walker sacrifice fly that scored Tabata and then went ahead, 3-2, on another sacrifice fly by Lyle Overbay that scored Jones.

In the seventh, the Pirates scored three more times, when pinch-hitter Matt Diaz drove in two runs with a single. And later in the inning, he got hung up in a rundown between first and second, allowing Tabata to score from third.

After Joe Beimel scuffled a bit in the ninth, Joel Hanrahan closed it out, earning his 13th save of the season.

Colin Dunlap: cdunlap@post-gazette.com .


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